Hypergryph debuted a new trailer for Arknights: Prelude to Dawn, the television anime adaptation of Hypergrpyh’s Arknights smartphone game, during the game’s 3.5th anniverary live stream on Sunday. The video reveals new cast members for the anime, who have all not been previously voiced in the game.
The new cast members include:
Other previously announced voice cast members for characters who have not previously been voiced in the game include Takashi Matsuyama as Ace, Kōichi Yamadera as Wei Yenwu, Momo Asakura as Medic, and Chiaki Kobayashi as Guard.
Yuki Watanabe is directing the anime at Yostar Pictures, with Masataka Nishikawa as assistant director. Both have previously worked on the smartphone game’s “Holy Knight Light” first anniversary anime short, and Watanabe has worked on the game’s numerous animated promotional video shorts. Aya Takafuji (key animator for Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia, SSSS.Gridman) is adapting the character designs for animation.
Yostar Pictures described the anime as a “season one” when it announced the show in October 2021.
The game is set in a fantasy world called Terra with modern science-fiction motifs. Terra is plagued by rare but devastating Catastrophes that force most people to live in nomadic cities. Catastrophes also bring forth the rare mineral Originium, which yields high energy and is thus a valuable resource, but also consumes everything around it as it grows. Those with prolonged exposure to Originium easily develop a wasting disease known as Oripathy. The story centers around the lives of Oripathy-infected individuals. A roving medical company known as Rhodes Island offers a helping hand and a place to belong for the often-shunned Infected. However, Rhodes Island has often had to conduct ad-hoc paramilitary actions against the Reunion Movement, a terrorist organization that conducts violent action aimed at governments that oppress the Infected.
Source: Arknights official Twitter account and YouTube channel